No matter how well established your company is, ensuring that everything that needs to get done, gets done—and done well—is a huge challenge. In a startup—where resources are tight and everything falls on your shoulders—it can be even harder. These days entrepreneurs have a wide range of work process/project management tools available to them.
In this post we’ll review some of the tools we’re recommending as they were developed by companies that built and used them during their own startup journeys—so you can rest assured they address real pain points.
Jira Software is an agile project management tool that supports any agile methodology, be it scrum, kanban, or your own unique flavor. From agile boards to reports, you can plan, track, and manage all your agile software development projects from a single tool. Pick a framework to see how Jira Software can help your team release higher quality software, faster.
Trello is the visual way for teams to collaborate on any project. They incorporate what the call Kanban boards, allowing you to drag-and-drop tasks and create project-flow leading up to your end goal. It is particularly useful for design and development agencies that do website design and software development.
One of the most functional aspects of Trello is the ability to drag-and-drop anything, not just from your internal boards, but also pictures and texts from Slack, Google Doc and components that you need in different stages of your project’s pipeline. “The simplicity of Trello is what originally attracted me to it. It’s a tool that allows us to manage multiple projects at a time, keeping the entire team on the same page,” says Dan Skaggs, founder of One Thing Marketing.
Asana lets you easily track your work, and is a great fit for the organization that already have their workflow down and are just looking for a slick program to manage it from. It’s a more advanced task management tool that is extremely integration-rich with endless functionality, suitable for teams of all sizes.
Asana allows you to quickly switch from list view to either a calendar of board view. This helps organize your tasks by due date, priority, etc. Asana also allows you to send an email to create new tasks, which is helpful for those always on the go. If you receive an email that needs to be addressed, simply forward it to Asana and a new task will automatically be created.
Bring emails, files, tickets, and more into Asana with over 100 integrations to choose from, so you can see everything in one place.
Teamwork offers three different products including a project management tool, a customer management tool and a teamwork chat tool. One of the key distinctions of Teamwork is its central file management system where users can access all of their files, attachments and comments from a central location. Another feature that startups with large teams can make use of is their email integration feature which allows communications to occur simultaneously via email in addition to allowing users to set tasks using their emails. Plans for startups start at $24 per month.
Smartsheet is designed to unleash the benefits of greater work agility and collaboration by providing a powerful platform for organizations to plan, capture, manage, automate, and report on work. Smartsheet empowers teams to execute with speed and accountability — and make better decisions, faster.
Smartsheet integrates with Google Docs, MS Outlook, Azure, Office, Salesforce, Onedrive, Box, Jira, Evernote and many others.